“You work where and you don’t read comics?!”
That’s usually the reaction I get after telling friends that I work at a comic book company. I’m a nerd of all kinds of aspects: movies, books, video games, and now I’m diving into the world of comics.
Sure, I know about the Marvel and DC universe, I’ve seen all of the Avengers, X-Men, and Batman movies. But I never knew that there was so much more history, back story, and side characters in this exciting new realm. Like the fact that I didn’t know that Deadpool is a knock-off of DC’s Deathstroke. Or knowing that Batman had a son named Damian. Or that there’s a Spider-Verse that includes all the different Spider-Men characters like Spider-Gwen or Spiderman 2099.
All of these things, I learned by just looking at the covers whenever I picked them up for an order or asking my nerdier co-workers about it who then educate me about other characters or other arcs that happened. I’m truly fascinated, but at the same time, frustrated because who in the world has got the time to read to all of these comics? I certainly didn’t!
I’m one of those book nerds that like to read the book before watching the movie. Then compare and contrast the differences then exclaiming, “Oh well, the book was better.” However, in these cases for comic books, I tend to watch the movies first and then read about them later on. For example, I loved the Scott Pilgrim movie, mainly at the fact that it ties within an old-school arcade game. Once I learned that it was a comic book series, it struck my interest. I borrowed the entire series from a friend and guess you could say that this was my first introduction into comics.
Fast forward to a couple more years, the same thing happened to me about The Walking Dead. Zombies? Why the hell do I want to watch that? But yet again, fate brought me to it. I took a class in Writing for TV in college and it just so happened that my professor was the editor for The Walking Dead novels. It intrigued me then, but it still wasn’t enough. Then comes the summer after my graduation, a friend urged me to binge watch The Walking Dead (after getting me sucked into the Doctor Who world). I was hooked and I needed to know more. Then low and behold, I’ve attended to a Comic-Con in Hartford, CT, which there I’ve discovered both compendiums at a great price. The compendium fed my Walking Dead cravings and I’m still feeding it once I get my hands on the newest compendium which was released now too long ago.
Here we are, at the present, and I’m still slowly introducing myself into the world of comics. I found myself enjoying Jem and the Holograms because I watched the cartoon as a kid. (And of course, I shared the same name, radical!). More recently, I’m now following Paper Girls which is completely a different spectrum from the other ones I’ve read.
Despite all the controversy of not being a “real nerd” or being a “fake nerd”, I just want everyone to take the time to let us newbies get a taste for it and just let us enjoy what intrigues us. I may not know all the writers or artists in the comic book industry, but hey, least I recognize names like Scottie Young, J Scott Campbell, or Brian K Vaughn. It’s a start and just want to feel accepted.